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An easy walk to a nice beach, with a nearby "hide" for viewing platypus (best at dawn and dusk).

This easy walk follows the crest of glacial moraine for part of it's route and takes you through eucalypt and then rainforest to the junction of the Cuvier and Hugel Rivers. in Spring and summer many wildflowers, including acacia, waratah, hakea, orchid and leatherwood are in flower. Many birds and other wildlife including wallabies, pademelons, echidnas and tiger snakes make be seen on the walk.

​From Cynthia Bay at Lake St Clair, three varied short walks offer a taste of the southern end of the famous Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.
The lamairremener tabelti walk offers an insight into the Aboriginal people who lived around leeawuleena (Lake St Clair) for thousands of years.
The Watersmeet Walk takes you to the confluence of the Cuvier and Hugel rivers. A short walk beyond that is a loop to Platypus Bay, where platypus are sometimes seen. All three walks can be combined for a 4.7km figure-of-eight loop.​​​

Lookouts
Swimming
Bird Watching
Picnic Facilities
Toilets
Eucalypt Forest
71m
Maximum Elevation
50m
Total Climb

Getting there

The walk begins from the Visitor’s Centre at Lake St Clair National Park.

Maps

4233 Rufus 1:25K or TASMAP Lake St Clair Day Walk Map (print & digital options available)
Neither is needed as the walk is well sign-posted. Brochure with rough map available from Visitor Centre

Route/Trail notes

As well as viewing platypus, there is a wreckage of a barge on the beach with information about how it had been used in the past.  

Permits/Costs

National Park entry fee payable

Other References

http://tastrails.com/platypus-bay/

Tas Parks Lake St Clair "Short Walks" brochure - https://www.parks.tas.gov.au/file.aspx?id=19422

 

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Comments

Went back via Platypus Bay from Narcissus Hut. Very nice beach. Platypus Log Book has numerous platypus sightings here over the past few days - generally all in the evening.

https://hikingtheworld.blog/2019/01/05/narcissus-hut-lake-st-clair/

Oliver Descoeudres on 5 Jan, 2019

We didn’t walk at the right time of the day to see platypus, but the beach is very pleasant.

Ian and Sue on 5 Jan, 2018

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